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Festival Chorus

The Mansfield University Festival Chorus under the direction of Peggy Dettwiler will present two major works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Five Mystical Songs and Dona Nobis Pacem, for performances on April 8 at 7:30 pm and April 9 at 2:30 pm in Steadman Theatre.

The choral presentations with feature Mansfield University faculty soloists, Todd Ranney and Alissa Rose, accompanied by full orchestra. These two concerts will be sung in memory of Justina Sechrist, a long-time member of the chorus and a voice student at Mansfield, who tragically passed away following a car accident last May. She was also an avid historian of the Civil War. RVW's Dona nobis pacem, composed in 1936, features his plea for peace by referring to recent wars during the growing fears of a new one. The work includes three poems by Walt Whitman about the Civil War.The concerts will help to generate funds for a voice scholarship in memory of Justina.

Tickets are currently on sale. $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for students and children. MU ID free of charge. Purchase tickets online or call 570-662-4710 to reserve tickets.

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Mansfield University was the first Pennsylvania state institution to grant a certificate to teach music and has had a long, rich tradition of music excellence since its founding in 1857. Students at Mansfield University study with distinguished faculty who are eager to help you achieve your performance and educational goals. The department features numerous large and small performing ensembles, including orchestra, bands, choirs, and chamber ensembles. Our graduates are regularly accepted into the finest graduate programs in music, are active as performers throughout the United States, and include some of the finest music educators in the northeast. The Mansfield University Music Department offers everything an aspiring musician needs to succeed. Thank you for visiting our website, and please feel free to contact us by email or phone at (570) 662-4710.

The Music Department has 20 faculty members and a student body of about 230 majors. The department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and approved through the NAMM Affiliated Music Business Institutions.

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